Bundaberg planespotter Micah S ventured to the airport on Monday 07 August to capture a very rare visitor to the rum city, an United States Navy (USN) Seahawk helicopter.
Unsure for the purpose of the visit, Micah commented a number of people dressed in civilian clothing and an Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Officer, all donned in standard military safety apparel (helmet & survival gear), climbed aboard the chopper before departing in a southerly direction off RWY32.
Currently assigned to Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawk 168397 / RB-02 of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25) 'Island Knights', is the same machine that transported an injured Marine to Rockhampton for treatment at the Base Hospital on Saturday 05 August after being involved in the traffic crash an United States Marine Corp (USMC) Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor off the Central Queensland coast earlier that day.
The Marine has since been transferred to Brisbane by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) for specialist care.
Meanwhile, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing 737-700 (BBJ) A36-001 was sighted at Bundaberg Airport the following day on Tuesday 08 August.
All photos by Micah S